I am mostly a humbug when it comes to Christmas, but my greatest joy is giving gifts. If you asked Hannah what she wanted from “Santa Claus” she would tell you, “I want a park in my backyard.” Her eyes would light up and she would look out the back window for where she wants her park to be.
Last week, her dream became a reality. My dad was in town and put together her swing set. The joy of Christmas for me was to see her face shine when she saw her park for the first time. She played while, listing of all of the things there are to do on her swingset. She was elated to finally have a park in her backyard.
Josh, on the other hand, has been wanting a dog for two years but we didn’t have a fenced in yard in Nederland. He was always discourage because we wouldn’t get him a dog. In fact, he said when he dies he wanted us to put on his tombstone, “All a boy needs is a dog and a mother who will let him have one.” Well, this year he has a mother who will let him have one. We now have a fenced yard and we decided to buy him a dog. He was shocked when we let him know and he has been a new kid since. He even, cleaned his room without us asking. Sonya said, “If that is all it took we would have bought him a dog a long time ago.”
This is my greatest joy at Christmas. Giving. I love to see the surprise and the happiness of others when they receive a gift. When my kids are happy it makes me happy. Overall, Christmas is about gifts. God gave us a gift in His son Jesus. It delights the heart of God when we receive that gift. That is the purpose of Christmas!